Mom and Dad
Grandma and Grandpa
Great Grandma and Great Grandpa
Bob and Donna
I guess you could say that what you are
about to view below is all of their fault.
They started it.
Pine Mountain, 2011
Thomas starts things off by catching a fish.
To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation...
is there a w0rst trade one makes in life?
I made the traditional breakfast Kris usually provides.
He was 'on the road' with Anne Marie...headed
for Boston where she began her studies this week.
Christy, Brent, and Craig.
Each year Pine Mountain sort of has its own
personality, depending on who shows up.
We really missed some of our "regulars" but were
tickled to have others join us that up until
now, had been unable to come.
Or...in other words...
If minutes were kept of a family gathering; they would
show that "members not present" and "subjects
discussed" were one and the same.
Ty and Call
Never too chilly for ice cream!
There are no seven wonders in the eyes of a
child. There are seven million.
Jamin and Ann's Kate, Eliza, and Benjamin
Eliza has her very own little business selling
bread. It was more than popular!
Molly and Emily
Chad, Christy, and Benjamin
Thomas, Ashton, and Brent
Karin and Ben, Scott, Call
Grandpa asked Uncle Matt to share the poem
The Cremation of Sam McGee
Robert W. Service
Years ago, when Uncle Matt was just about twelve
years old, he and Grandpa were together on a scout
campout when some began telling stories around
the campfire. Uncle Matt surprised everyone
there by having this poem memorized, and dad
has always remembered that. I wish I had
not stopped the video. The humorous text
in its entirety can be found here.
Sunday morning "non-Church" services. :) :)
Ya had to be there...
Grandpa shares with the family his annual
update on each and every one of you...
Eliza shares how she makes her amazing crunchy bread.
Kate, Ann, Benjamin, Ashton, and Eliza
Some have been to the mountain. I have been
to my knees by the side of my bed.
Yup. I know they have. Every day. For all of us.
Doug, Ty, Karin and Ben, and Scott
...and then reporting to Emily just how big
that fish really was.
No joke. The same fish was caught at
least 30 times. It's a Pine Mountain tradition!
Sometimes our hearts get tangled
and our souls a little off-kilter.
...family can set us right
and help guide us back to the light.
Ty, Doug, Scott, and Call
Laughter is the sun that drives winter
from the human face.
Call and Scott
Uncle Matt and kids
Let the games begin! What would we do
each year without Uncle Matt and Aunt
Molly preparing and providing such
fun for all of us?
Ellen preparing "Cut the flour."
Playing a round of "Cut the flour."
Stacking the cups...
First one to get five ping-pong
balls to go into the cup wins.
I love Benjamin's face...
Jamin...the Professor...tries to "invent"
(I call it cheating) a way to being the first to
stack five ding-dong's on his forehead.
This time, one at a time...
The great advantage of living in a large family is
that early lesson of life's essential unfairness.
The first to bounce five balls off of their
partner's board and into the bucket wins.
The first to stack five dice on their
tongue depressor wins.
Who will win...
The first to transfer the bubble gum
from top to bottom wins.
Father against son.
Brother on brother.
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung
into a kaleidescope of new possibilities.
Laughter is an instant vacation.
GET READY TO RUUUUUUMMMMMMBLE!!!
ZZZZZZZZ- Ball gets explained.
We learned that Ben is competitive. Here, he
reminds us that this is just a practice round.
...and here was Emily while Z-ball
was going on.
Down to the final four!